Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Second Amendment Remedies

If you're looking for a financial adviser, look no further than Maine Senator Susan Collins. If you're wondering what stock is likely to rise dramatically in value five minutes after you invest, she will know.  In a column published Monday morning in The Washington Post, Collins wrote

I had hoped that we would see a “new” Donald Trump as a general-election candidate — one who would focus on jobs and the economy, tone down his rhetoric, develop more thoughtful policies and, yes, apologize for ill-tempered rants. But the unpleasant reality that I have had to accept is that there will be no “new” Donald Trump, just the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone he perceives as being in his way or an easy scapegoat. Regrettably, his essential character appears to be fixed, and he seems incapable of change or growth.

At a rally in North Carolina today, Trump stated

Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.  Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know.

The media, understandably, will concentrate on the (slightly veiled) recommendation from the Republican nominee for President that the next President, if Hillary Clinton, be assassinated. We shouldn't lose sight, however, that Trump is lying when he claims Mrs. Clinton wants  "essentially (to) abolish the Second Amendment. She not only has not said that, it is unnecessary; with the disappearance of a militia being necessary to the protection of a free state, the Second Amendment has abolished itself.  All is needed are judges who understand the English language and put their pro-gun sympathies aside.

Obviously, though, encouraging assassination of a public official is beyond the pale. And Donald Trump made the remark only one day after publication of Senator Collins' opinion "that there will be no 'new' Donald Trump, just the same candidate who will slash and burn and trample anything and anyone..."   She may not be a  certified financial planner, but is fairly prescient, nonetheless.

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